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Published on 19 November 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire is proud to support the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
16 Days of Activism begins on 25 November, the international Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
This year’s theme is “Respect is…” a positive message aiming to support communities to have meaningful conversations. What does respect mean to you and how do you practice it?
In the 2019–20 financial year 2,211 family violence incidents were reported to Victoria Police on the Mornington Peninsula alone. This is a 16.9 per cent increase from the previous financial year, highlighting the need to address this significant social issue.
Learn more about the campaign at mornpen.vic.gov.au/16days
Quote attributable to Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Despi O’Connor:
“Respect for girls and women is at the heart of the prevention of violence against women.
“If we are serious about ending violence against women, then we must address gender inequality and disrespectful attitudes.
“Our Council is committed to creating a violence-free community and we’re proud of the work were doing to build gender equality on the Mornington Peninsula.
“For the fist time on the Mornington Peninsula, we now have a majority of women on the Council, represented also by female Mayor and Deputy Mayor, reflecting a shift in attitudes from our community”.